Available Funding and Funding Priorities for California

Deadline: Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Notification of award: November 14, 2016

Grant period: January 01, 2017 - December 31, 2017


Proposed projects must aim to improve access to or delivery of care and education to pregnant women/women of childbearing age in the following priority area:

Encouraging women to space pregnancies at least 18 months apart

Forty percent of all pregnancies in California occur less than 18 months after the birth of a child.1 Interpregnancy spacing (the time between the end of one pregnancy and the beginning of the next one) of less than 18 months is associated with higher rates of premature birth and maternal complications, with very short pregnancy spacing (<6 months) carrying the highest risk. In fact, there is nearly a 4-fold increase in spontaneous early preterm births among women with very short pregnancy spacing of < 6 months.2 Prolonging interpregnancy intervals to greater than 18 months would measurably reduce national preterm birth rates.

March of Dimes California seeks to fund innovative efforts to engage women in reproductive life planning and encourage women to space pregnancies at least 18 months apart in high burden/high volume preterm birth counties and communities within California. Of particular interest, funding may be used to implement One Key Question®. This model provides primary care health teams, community health workers, and other providers with a simple program to incorporate pregnancy intention screening, “Would you like to become pregnant in the next year?” into routine care and services. Women are then offered essential preconception care and reproductive health services (or referrals) depending on their needs.

Priority counties/areas in California include those with one or more of the following:

  • High burden/high volume of preterm births (specifically Alameda, Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego and Santa Clara counties)
  • High rates of short interpregnancy interval (less than 6 months) or short interbirth interval (less than 15 months)
  • High unintended pregnancy rates

Grant sites can be individual clinics, health centers, community-based programs or agencies, or ideally, several partners within a community will come together to simultaneously implement – examples of partnerships:

  • Clinics and Clinical providers: Ob/Gyn, family practice, primary care, midwifery, oral health care providers, etc
  • Community-based organizations/non-clinical providers: promotoras, WIC, home visitors, community health workers, care coordinators, etc
  • One agency/clinic/site may function as the coordinator/convener for their community partners (and as the lead grant applicant)

If proposing to implement One Key Question®:

  • If your proposal includes One Key Question® implementation, you will be asked to
    sign an Implementers Letter. The ONE KEY QUESTION® mark and program are the intellectual property of the Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health. The Implementers Letters outlines minimum requirements to ensure fidelity of the program.
  • In your budget/staffing plan, we suggest considering if time to coordinate planning, implementation and evaluation can be built into existing staff time or if consultant/coordinator time needs to be included in the grant budget (for staff not already employed full time). Also, in your budget under Operating Expenses, include $5000 to support consultation, technical assistance and training from OFRH.


March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2017

March of Dimes California Community Grant Proposal Project Template 

W-9 Form
ONE KEY QUESTION®: Are You Asking It? What is it, and why should we include it in our practice?
One Key Question: onekeyquestion.org
ACOG Committee Opinion 654, Reproductive Life Planning to Reduce Unintended
Pregnancy: acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on- Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Reproductive-Life-Planning-to-Reduce-Unintended- Pregnancy

1 Trends in Maternal Morbidity, California 2007 to 2009. Report of Statewide and County levels of preexisting maternal health conditions, pregnancy complications, severe maternal and neonatal complications. Sacramento: California Department of Public Health, Center for Family Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division; 2016.
2 Rodrigues T, Barros H. Short interpregnancy interval and risk of spontaneous preterm delivery. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2008;136(2):184-188.

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In order to be eligible to receive a March of Dimes community grant, the applicant must provide services in given State. The applicant organization must be an incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) or for profit organization or government agency.  The March of Dimes does not award grants to individuals. Applicants must disclose any conflict of interest due to representation by their organization on the chapter’s Program Services Committee or the Chapter or Division Board of Directors.

The March of Dimes does not fund billable health care provider services. The March of Dimes chapter community grants also do not fund scientific research projects. For information about research grants funded by the March of Dimes national office, please go to marchofdimes.com/research.

All grantees must  (i) certify  that they are not  presently listed on the Federal Excluded Party List,  debarred or suspended from the award of any federal or state contracts,  or excluded from participation  in any governmental  medical reimbursement programs;  and  must (ii) attest that they /will comply with all laws and regulations (to include  federal, state and local  laws and regulations).  Additionally, March of Dimes grantees may be screened to ensure that they are not debarred or suspended by the Federal Government and/or local State agencies. 

Audited financials may be required prior to grant approval.

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Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2017 document in the Resources section above.

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+Applicant Instructions

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2017 document in the Resources section above.

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+Proposal Templates

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant Proposal template document in the Resources section above.

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+Grantee Requirements

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2017 document in the Resources section above.

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+Primary and secondary purpose categories

Please refer to the March of Dimes California Community Grant RFP 2017 document in the Resources section above

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+Additional information about project objectives and outcomes

Project objectives should be specific and measurable. For example:

  • One measurable objective of this project is to increase the percentage of pregnant women enrolled who have a prenatal visit in the first trimester of pregnancy from 40% (baseline) to 50% as measured by medical records review.
  • One measurable objective of this project is to decrease the percentage of preterm births among women enrolled in the project from 18% (baseline) to 16.5% as measured by medical records review.

Outcomes are benefits to clients from participation in the program, yet are often mistaken with program outputs or units of services such as the number of clients who went through a program. Outcomes for March of Dimes projects are usually in terms of changes in knowledge, behavior, or birth outcomes. To measure outcomes, baseline data is needed for comparison with data collected during and after project implementation. Below are sample objectives to give you ideas for content and wording about outcomes. Please notice the references to baseline data. 

  • Knowledge Change - By MM/YY, 60% of program participants will demonstrate an increase in the perinatal knowledge test as measured by pre/post-tests.  (Baseline will come from pre-test results.)
  • Intent to Change Behavior - By MM/YY, 80% of participants will agree to make at least one positive behavior change as a result of attending the prenatal classes as measured by client interviews.  (Baseline will come from intake interviews.)
  • Behavior Change - By MM/YY, the number of women accessing adequate perinatal care (at least 13 prenatal visits beginning in the first trimester of pregnancy) at XYZ Health Center will increase from 125/year (baseline) to 150/year through the services of a Patient Navigator as measured by a review of client records.
  • Change in Birth Outcome - By MM/YY, decrease the percentage of preterm births among women enrolled in the project from 18% (baseline) to 16.5% as measured medical records review.

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+Allowable and non-allowable costs

Allowable Costs Include:

  • Salary - grant funds may be used to cover salaries for project-related employees, but cannot be used to pay salary costs for employees who are already employed full-time. Exceptions may be made in circumstances where a specified position is supported primarily by grant funds and the applicant can demonstrate that the requested funds would replace existing grant funds.
  • Consultant fees.
  • Materials and supplies (e.g. office supplies, health-related materials, refreshments, incentives) necessary to accomplish the specific objectives of the proposal that are usually "used up" in the course of the project. Incentives are items used to enable or ensure participants are able to take advantage of services provided by grantees, for example metro or bus cards to assist women in attending prenatal care appointments or educational sessions.
  • Printing and travel that are reasonable and necessary for project implementation.  March of Dimes funds may NOT be used to pay for first class travel.
  • Facilities - rental costs associated with using a physical location for an activity necessary to accomplish the specific objectives of the proposal are permitted.
  • Indirect costs are allowable for grants of $25,000 or more only and cannot exceed 10% of total costs. 

Non-Allowable Costs Include:

  • Salary costs for staff who are already employed full-time by their organization (see exceptions above).
  • Construction, alteration, maintenance of buildings or building space.
  • Dues for organizational membership in professional societies.
  • Tuition, conference fees or awards for individuals.
  • Cash stipends for individuals
  • Billable services provided by physicians or other providers.
  • Permanent equipment (e.g. computers, video monitors, software printers, furniture) unless essential to project implementation and not available from other sources.
  • Educational materials that do not meet the quality or evidence-based standards provided by March of Dimes
  • Indirect costs for grants under $25,000.
  • Advertising materials and purchase of media time/space: Budget costs relating to these items may not be allowable depending on project specifics. Please consult with the chapter contact listed in this application regarding whether proposed items are allowable.